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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #385 of 8,564 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I attended a wedding anniversary--party was easily 100 people. Parking easy, but became congested as we left. We had entire large room, and good servers, working hard. Lot of chips, first salsa watery, spicy salsa good for some, too hot for others, cowboy up! Guacamole was served generously in large bowls, but was crushed avocado, needs more seasoning. Strawberry magaritas... More

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Torrance, California
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

In 1980, my dad took me on an impromptu trip to Washington DC. Twenty years later, my husband, son and I visited many of the same restaurants I’d enjoyed with my dad, all of which are still in business today. Such longevity seems to be a rarity in Los Angeles, where restaurants come and go according to the latest food... More

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clovelly
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I can see why this place is popular. The serves are huge but tended to be a bit oily. Like previous reviews I like the corn chips & salsa on arrival. The nachos was tasty & our mains we found extremely generous so much so that we could not finish. Rookie error to eat so many corn chips. Interior quaint... More

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Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We loved the tamales - it tasted just like many of the restaurants that I have visited in Puerto Vallarta - that good - great margaritas - and fast and efficient service - this was actually first visit here from recommendations of friends and definitely will be back to enjoy this food

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. Or I should say one of the best oldest Mexican restaurants in LA. El Coyote is older, but not nearly as good. The Sonora enchilada is my favorite. It has delicate flour tortilla's with whole black beans and white meat chicken. It is their oldest dish on the menu.... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I booked a company dinner for a group of 30+ about a week in advance. First of all you can not order a la carte for a larger group and have to go with a set menu with limited choice. This is acceptable, but although we clearly mentioned at the time of booking, that our guests have different dietary requirements,... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant several times on visits to Los Angeles. It is consistently good with a range of delicious Mexican food and excellent, friendly service. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This restaurant on Western near Pico is the original location and the only one that prepares the food in the authentic way. My favorite has always been the green corn tamales. They are available from May to October only. I have never been disappointed with anything and find the prices to be very reasonable. The service is always good too.... More

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misson hills, ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place is a block and a half away from Staples Center in downtown LA. Being and LA Kings season seat holder, I can't believe I've never been here before, and the place has been there since the late 20's. Chips and salsa were good. we all enjoyed our meals. The menu needs a little explaining from the server. Also,... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

On Mother's Day felt like having some Mexican food. My girlfriend called them around 6:30 and asked if there was any wait, as usually on holidays there is, and we were prepared to make a reservation. The girl who answered said their was none, which was surprising, but since we live a few blocks away we just decided to walk... More

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